Princes Hill Secondary College


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Maths Talent


On Thursday the 23rd October the students that achieved a distinction or higher in the Maths Talent Quest attended the Victorian Presentation Ceremony to collect their awards. Three students from Princes Hill attended this year.

They were : Gabe Hopper (Year 7C) and Xavier Corteville (Year 7C) who entered ‘How Many Matchsticks Can Fit In a Power Pole?’ as a group project (Distinction Award).

They did very well as they were the only year 7 group projects to get an award.

Erica Smith (Year 7F) who entered ‘Proving Pythagoras’ as an individual project (Distinction). ‘Proving Pythagoras’ was also selected to be entered into the National Competition.  

On the day we listened to guest speaker Dr Katherine Seaton from La Trobe University talk about ‘Maths with Looms’. It was quite fun and she called people from the audience to help demonstrate things. Then we listened as various people came up to present the awards of the State Competition. At the end they did present the Distinction and High Distinction for the Nationals as Victoria was the State holding them this year. Along with our certificate we were all awarded with a $25 voucher for their maths store that they set up down the back and also could access online. They had some of the projects on display down the back and it was amazing to see how much some people had put into their projects. Overall it was a good day out and a great experience. I can’t wait to see what happens next year.

 Erica Smith 7F

Well done Erica, Gabe and Xavier!

Elle Borgese

Maths Enrichment and Extension Co-ordinator



Princes Hill Secondary College Writing Competition

And the winners are …….

The annual Princes Hill Secondary College writing competition has had record entries this year.  A huge thank you to our guest judge Jane Pearson who was delighted at the creative talent we have at the school. Thank- you to all the entrants, the prizes will be allocated a little differently this year. There were only a few entries at the 9-12 level so it was decided to have the winners on merit rather than year level. The junior levels have tremendous enthusiasm and have contributed some incredible work. Well Done!

Congratulations to all the winning entrants and please collect your Readings Voucher from the school Library. If you didn’t enter, make sure you write something for next year.

Overall Winner

Congratulations to Aaron Tong


Georgia Kellett, Lilli Lenffer, Riley Guerin, Charlie Gill, Alexandra Burns, Kirsten Gurtler, Eve Dixon-Cannon


Prospective Students for 2015

Please click here for enrolment information for Grade 6 students who wish to attend PHSC in 2015.


125 years of PHSC


Captain John Harry Fletcher MC (Military Cross), Lieutenant Joseph Lindley Scales MM, DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and Captain John Austin Mahony MC, all of the 24th Battalion, photographed in 1918.

John Austin Mahony and John Harry Fletcher were best friends. They met staying at the same boarding house in Northcote, followed each other's football careers and on March 3, 1915, joined the army together. Fletcher trained as a teacher and taught at Princes Hill State School prior to enlisting. They had consecutive army serial numbers: Mahony 1056 and Fletcher 1057. They sailed to war on the troopship Euripides in May 1915, and fought together with the 24th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force. They survived the blackest days of Gallipoli, where Fletcher was wounded, Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in July to September 1916 when 23,000 of their countrymen died; they both won the Military Cross for bravery on the same day in October 1916; they survived Bapaume, Bullecourt, Menin Road and Polygon Wood in 1917 and both were promoted to the rank of captain. And they were perhaps 200m apart, at dawn on October 5, 1918 when they led their men on one last attack. Despite the knowledge that they were due to be relieved by American troops the following day, the Australian Second Division were sent into the last Australian action of the war to capture the little town of Montbrehain. Soon after 10am, Fletcher was killed by a shell that exploded nearby. An hour later, Mahoney was shot through the temple as he selected positions for machinegun posts. He died of wounds four days later. The final Australian action was a victory, but it cost 400 soldiers and 30 officers. The armistice to end "the war to end all wars" came 36 days later. 
The names of Fletcher and Mahony appear with others on a monument to local fallen soldiers in Royal Parade near Melbourne University (below)          Harry Fletcher's name appears on the Roll of honor at PHSC and he is buried in Montbrehain. His grave site is shown below.




Careers Information

Attention all parents and guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Please click here to access all the powerpoints from the Transition Information Evenings and also VTAC and tertiary entrance information for Year 12.



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